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MORPC Releases Hyperloop Feasibility Study

Brent Warren Brent Warren MORPC Releases Hyperloop Feasibility Study

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has released a new report on the feasibility of connecting Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh via hyperloop. “We have continued to advance the work along this corridor ever since winning the Virgin Hyperloop One Global Challenge for the Midwest Connect route, and conducting this feasibility study was one of our first, […]

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Linden Shuttle Cleared to Operate, But No Date Set for Return

Brent Warren Brent Warren Linden Shuttle Cleared to Operate, But No Date Set for Return

The EasyMile shuttles that were barred from operating nationwide after an incident in Linden last February are now cleared to run again, but don’t expect to see the self-driving vehicles back on local streets any time soon. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced late last week that they had approved the company’s return-to-service plan […]

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CoGo Now Offering Free Rides for Healthcare Workers

Brent Warren Brent Warren CoGo Now Offering Free Rides for Healthcare Workers

Lyft is now offering free rides on CoGo bikes for healthcare workers. The company, which has operated the local bike share system since late 2018, made the announcement yesterday. “Lyft is committed to increasing transportation access to those who need it most,” said Caroline Samponaro, Head of Micromobility Policy at Lyft, in a statement. “As […]

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Emptier Roads = More Speeding by Columbus Drivers

Brent Warren Brent Warren Emptier Roads = More Speeding by Columbus Drivers

A new data analysis from a group of Ohio State University researchers has confirmed a phenomenon that many of us have observed since the coronavirus pandemic began impacting daily life in Columbus – people are driving really fast on those newly-empty roads. OSU’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) used data from the transportation […]

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Updated: COTA Restores Some Previously Cut Service

Brent Warren Brent Warren Updated: COTA Restores Some Previously Cut Service

UPDATE (5/4/2020): One week after announcing the suspension of early morning and late night service (see article below), COTA announced on May 2 that it will be restoring early morning service to six high-frequency lines. Starting on May 5, Lines 1, 2, 8, 10, 22 and the CMAX will start running at 5 a.m. Late […]

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Lime Bringing Scooters Back, Offering Free Rides for Health Care Workers

Brent Warren Brent Warren Lime Bringing Scooters Back, Offering Free Rides for Health Care Workers

Lime is returning to the Columbus market today, deploying about a hundred of its rentable electric scooters around several central city neighborhoods. Crew Cypher, Midwest General Manager for Lime, said that more scooters could be added in the future, depending on demand. The deployment comes along with a new policy that will offer free 30-minute […]

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Cleve Ricksecker to Retire as Head of Downtown Groups

Brent Warren Brent Warren Cleve Ricksecker to Retire as Head of Downtown Groups

The Downtown organizations behind initiatives like the Pearl Street Market and the C-Pass program announced yesterday that the founding executive director of both groups will be retiring at the end of May. Cleve Ricksecker has served as head of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID) since 2000, when it was established – with funding […]

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